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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (A Spenser Mystery) (Spenser Novel)

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (A Spenser Mystery) (Spenser Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins
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'I spotted the girl even before she knocked on my door.'

Mattie Sullivan is not Spenser's typical client. For a start, she's just fourteen. Nor is her request a typical one - to take a case that's already been solved.

But this kid is wiser than her years. And this case is less clear-cut, and far more dangerous, than it appears.

About the Author

Ace Atkins is the author of eleven novels, including The Ranger, which was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the Jesse Stone novels, the acclaimed Virgil Cole / Everett Hitch westerns, and the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 907 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJU9C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day. The couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel." -- Esther 3:14-15 (NKJV)

I don't recall reading a first novel in a mystery series continuation that is as carefully done and as faithfully executed as Lullaby. Mr. Ace Atkins is obviously a big fan and understands the foundations and appurtenances of the Spenser saga. I was impressed and intend to start reading Mr. Atkins' earlier works.

In the past, many people have complained when Robert B. Parker wrote a story about Spenser that focused on some aspects of the character and the sage . . . while omitting or downplaying other aspects. No one can have that complaint about Lullaby. The elements that I most like about the series were all on display to about an average amount reflective of all the past novels. That's a tight straitjacket to wear, and I hope that the future stories will take a few liberties to favor some elements over others.

The story is also interesting in that the plot employs some role reversals. For example, Spenser has mentored two young men in the past. This time he is asked to work for a teenage girl who wants to be in charge. I found it refreshing to think about how Spenser might react in such a situation.

For those who worry if Susan and Hawk are missing, there's plenty of both in their usual roles in this story.

I always found Robert B. Parker's dialogue to be stunningly beautifully written. There wasn't a spare syllable.

While Mr. Atkins is an excellent dialogue writer in capturing Spenser, his prose isn't as spare and as sharp as Parker's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back.... 28 Sep 2012
Earlier this year I read Killing the Blue's, Michael Brandman's attempt to continue Robert B Parker's Jesse Stone series. To say that I was severely disappointed with the result is something of an understatement (See my review: Some days are Diamond, Some days are Stone).

As you might imagine, I ordered this book with no small amount of trepidation.

It goes without saying that novelists are generally on a hiding to nothing when it comes to picking up a deceased author's baton. Often you have to question their motives for doing so. Usually it comes down to two reasons. The first is financial. The second is for the sake of The Art. What matters as far as the reader is concerned, of course, is whether it works. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't . Bob Parker even tried it himself by completing Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novel Poodle Springs, followed not long after by his own take on the Marlowe series, a sequel to the Big Sleep entitled Perchance to Dream.

Reviews, as they say, were mixed...

So, how does Atkins get on?

It's clear from the start that Atkins is steeped in Spenser lore. Unlike Brandman, he makes no attempt to re-invent the character. Maybe Brandman didn't set out to - if you'll forgive the pun - re-brand Jesse Stone but, inadvertently or not, that's how it looked.

To his credit, Atkins sticks to the formula. His Spenser is very much the Spenser of the previous novels and the plot could very well have been one of Parker's own. Familiar characters thread their way through the pages. Hawk, Susan, Marty Quirk, Belson and Vinnie Morris and even, God bless her, Pearl the wonder dog.

The one liners and wise cracks are there too and do not seem out of place - Mr Brandman, please note.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spenser Played Safe 7 Nov 2012
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There used to be a time when an author passed away that meant their storytelling was over. However, in the modern publishing world anything goes, be that a new Peter Rabbit book, or a continuation of Sherlock Holmes. The important thing is to treat the source material kindly and in the case of Robert B Parker's Spenser, you will have to appeal to a bunch of super fans. Ace Atkins has taken on this task with `Lullaby,' a direct continuation of Spenser's adventures. This time the PI is aiming to help a 14 year old discover who really killed her mother.

Although Parker did not write this book, Atkins was able to capture his voice well. There are plenty of quips and the violence is solid and believable. Unfortunately for me, Atkins also captured some of the slow pacing and repetitive storytelling that hounded Parker's later work. `Lullaby' at times threatened to send me to sleep. Whilst the first half is pretty pacy, the second gets bogged down in a lot of characters that slightly confused me. Things did not really pick up until an action packed finale that almost made it worth it.

`Lullaby' is not a bad book, but just a little flat. It almost sticks too closely to the tropes that made Spenser so popular. I prefer the later books that moved the character away from his comfort zone e.g. `Hugger Mugger'. Atkins is a worthy successor to the franchise and I feel that Spenser is in a true fan's hands, I just hope that he is not frightened of the legacy and at some point soon stamps his own style onto the character and world of Spenser.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's characters, replacement writer.
Pretty good - an entertaining read regardless of comparisons with Parker. I rapidly forgot it wasn't Parker's work. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Spenser
Authentic Robert B Parker from author, Ace Atkins – who is now continuing the Spenser series we all love. Great!
Published 1 month ago by Raymond McCullough
5.0 out of 5 stars lullaby
I loved this book. I have most of the spenser series and found this to be as good as the others
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love Spenser so this was just another great book to read with a gripping page turning plot that you can't put down
Published 12 months ago by Katie Walding
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert B Parker Lullaby
Having been a fan of Parker's Spencer novels for over 25 years I have very much hoped that someone might have the wit and wisdom to pick up the mantle following RBP' s death. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Canon Bryan Barrodale
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really great
Haven't read any of these two authors' books before so in no position to compare with earlier Spenser books. However, I loved the characters, the dialogue and the plot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Junkie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pastiche
This is a pastiche, stopping short of parody, but incorporating (unintentionally) some of parody's effects. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Morphybum
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the master but an OK attempt
Ace Atkins has got the voice of Spenser and the other characters right but the plot was a little thin. Read more
Published 13 months ago by V K
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, surprise!
I've read and liked Ace Atkins' novels, and I have probably read all of the Spenser novels, so this was a potential disaster waiting to happen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Competition for Lee Child.
I found this story a very well written one. I have seen some of the TV stories of Jesse Stone by Robert Parker and thought that this story was much along the lines of these... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Colin Easton
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